Robbie Ray has had a great season, there is no denying that. He was a 2017 All-Star and struck out218batters in162innings pitched with a 2.89 ERA. Those are dominant numbers.But what’s more impre sive is how dominant he was against the Dodgers. He went 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 31 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out 53 batters in those innings, giving him a fantastic 15.1 K/9 against the team with the best record in baseball.Why has he dominated the Dodgers when others have struggled? There are several reasons, but we’ll give you three before the two teams face off in the second game of the NLDS Saturday night at 9:08 p.m. ET.1. Ray is a six-inning pitcherThis isn’t to say that Ray always pitches six innings, it’s just that he is the type of pitcher that throws a lot of pitches early, gives everything he has with those pitches and then hands the ball off to the bullpen to do its job.In 28 appearances this season he pitched more than seven innings just five times and pitched six innings orle s 17 times Wil Myers Jersey . The Dodgers, like most teams in baseball, get better the more times they face a starterin a game. The first time through the order they hit .241 against a pitcher, the second time through they hit .268 and the third .266. Rayrarelygoes deep into the third time through the orderwhen he faces the Dodgers, so they have a lot of trouble getting to him.2. The 26-year-old left-handeris all about power and the Dodgers don’t hit power pitchers wellThe Dodgers were abysmal in 2016 against left-handed pitching. They were dead last in all of baseball with a .213 average, which was a full 21 points below any other team in MLB. That changed in 2017 as they improved their average greatly all the way up to .253 for the season, but what didn’t change was their inability tohit power pitchers.Ray is all https://www.padresedges.com/san-diego-padres/tony-gwynn-jersey about power. While he may not throw 98 mph like Randy Johnson, he is known for his grunting (not joking) on every single pitch. It’s a way to channel his energy and remind himself to throw his best pitches every time. The Dodgers have not figured him out yet. Los Angeles is hitting .206 this season against power pitchers (defined by Baseball-Reference.com as pitchers in the top third of the league in strikeouts plus walks). Ray has held the Dodgers to a .211 batting average on the year in addition to his other studly numbers.3. The Dodgers don’t strike out much, but they do against leftiesThis one is simple. Ray is a strikeout pitcher, as he finished second in all of baseball with 12.11 K/9, and the Dodgers strike out a ton against lefties. The Dodgers were tied for the second most strikeouts against left-handers in all of baseball with 403.Ray Tony Gwynn Jersey struck them out 53 times in 31 2/3 innings.—————Ray will start Game 2 of the NLDS after throwing 2 1/3 innings in the NL wild-card game. There is a question whether he is 100 percent, but he seems to think he’ll be fine.I feel great, Ray told azcentral.com. My arm feels great and ready to go. I wouldn’t lie to (manager Torey Lovullo). I wouldn’t give this team anything but 100 percent of myself. I feel like that would be cheating me and cheating the team. So I feel 100 percent and I feel ready to go.